An announcement in the Sonoma Valley Sun is crammed full of anti-libertarian trains of thought and the loco motives that drive them.
The title itself, "An antidote to extreme libertarian thinking?" has two tip-off words that someone doesn't know what someone is talking about.
Libertarianism is about individual freedom and personal responsibility. How is that thinking "extreme" and why does it need an "antidote?" The article never explains.
Six authors, we're told, have published essays in a book offering their perspectives on "the emergence of libertarian thinking in the U.S. and the dangers that might pose."
But since "libertarian thinking" is based on non-coercion how exactly does peaceful human association pose more "dangers" than coercive thinking?
Next we're told that "extreme libertarian ideas" were making the rounds in a New Age film called "Thrive" that features "suppression of UFO phenomena." A Huffington Post article written by Georgia Kelly, one of the aforementioned six authors, claimed the film is "masking a reactionary, libertarian political agenda."
The unstated implication is that anyone involved in New Age space alien conspiracy theories must be "libertarian."
So Kelly came up with her own reactionary progressive conspiracy theory, that "Thrive" is a libertarian "dark fantasy intent on returning us to the 19th century."
But libertarians reject a century that featured slavery for kidnapped Africans, genocide against the native population, a "Civil war" that killed 750,000 combatants and violent coast-to-coast empire building. Leftwing conspiracy nuts need to understand the libertarian direction is toward a future of freedom, not toward a past that featured brutal statist corporatist militarist-driven unrestrained government power.
It was Kelly who assembled these "writers and thinkers" and that was the "thinking" they came up with. This group of thinkers includes "political scientist and former libertarian Gus diZerega, PhD."
The oxymoronic phenomenon of so-called "former libertarians" was addressed before in the article "Former libertarian never really was."
More muddle-headedness is evident in the sentence "Taking on the tenets of libertarian and right wing thought..." (meaning they think the two are the same) "...the authors challenge what they call the American myths: rugged individualism, endless economic growth, and American exceptionalism" (all solidly right wing, not libertarian, myths).
Their book, Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism, offers alternatives to "business as usual" that have a "proven track record."
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